Emotional geographies and the study of education spaces

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Both emotion (and affect) and education have become important topics for disciplinary human geographers over the past decade. Simultaneously, a ‘spatial turn’ has been observed in the broader social sciences that has inflected research on emotion and education. This chapter-written from the perspective of a human geographer-examines the implications of such a turn for studying emotion in education. It begins by outlining how geographers have theorised emotion and affect, noting productive tensions between these two terms. Thereafter, it reviews- through four examples-how emotional geographies have inflected research on education. In so doing, it raises a series of conceptual questions that should underpin the planning of research on education and emotions-especially about the ways in which space ‘matters’ to a particular educational practice.

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Publisher Copyright: © Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016. Copyright: Copyright 2016 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMethodological Advances in Research on Emotion and Education
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016


  • Affect, Atmosphere, Ethnography, Feeling, Geographies of education, Policy analysis, Politics, Scale, Spatial turn, Voice

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